Plato's allegory of cave - excerpt from Book VII of 'The Republic' (docx)Download
Plato - The Symposium - This is the whole text of Plato's early dialogue. (docx)Download
Socrates' critique of what neuroscience can tell us about ourselves (docx)Download
PP Philosophy for Happiness, Joy and Wisdom (pptx)Download
Article about friendship. Compare with Aristotle's view of friendship (docx)Download
Aristotle on friendship (docx)Download
Week 1 (view first): Plato (428-348 BC): The Cave allegory. This brief video presents Plato's beliefs about the nature of reality and the educational path to true enlightenment. His ideas are presented in a brief, allegorical story about people living in a shadowy cave world. The cave represents the everyday reality of most people (those who never studied philosophy). Philosophers try to lead people out of the cave....
This brief video presents Plato's theory of forms. Forms are ideas that refer to classes of things, like "horse" or "stone" or "beautiful things". There are higher and lower forms, thus creating a hierarchy of forms. Higher-level forms are "Truth" "Beauty" "Justice" etc. The highest form is the "Good". Education is gaining knowledge of forms. Enlightenment is knowledge of the highest form - the Good.
Week 1 (view third) Aristotle (384-322 BC): (1. practical wisdom; ethics/happiness; virtue; golden mean; 2. art usefulness; catharsis; education 3. friendship - three kinds; 4. rhetoric - how to influence others)
"Men are disturbed, not by things [that happen to them], but by the principles and notions
which they form concerning things."
ENTREPRENEURIAL ETHICS - CHAPTER 6: STOICISM, CBT, AND PERSONAL MORAL POWER (pdf)Download
Stoic Ideals embodied in person (pdf)Download
PowerPoint - Chapter 6 - Stoicism and Personal Moral Power (pptx)Download
Pierrew Hadot Philosophy as way of life (pdf)Download
Dalai Lama redefining the goal (pdf)Download
Epictetus - The Enchiridion (pdf)Download
Week 2: Seven Stoic exercises for inner peace - 1. negative visualization; 2. controlling what you can & letting-go of the rest; 3. Not caring what others think; 4. journaling; 5. memento mori; 6. view from above; 7. amor fati
This brief video (10:42) is a reflection on the ancient Stoic practice of "Amor Fati" -- embracing what comes your way that you cannot change. Your attitude toward what befalls you will make all the difference....
St. Thomas Aquinas uses Aristotle to harmonize faith and reason
Week 5: Rene Descartes (view first) (Rationalism; Dualism; Individualism; anti-authoritarianism; Method of Doubt - Cogito Ergo Sum; Passions of the Soul)
Week 5 (optional): Queen Christina of Sweden - Brief overview of the rebel queen [note the painting Dispute of Queen Cristina Vasa and René Descartes by Nils Forsberg (1842-1934)]
EE-P CHAPTER 4 PERSONAL MORAL DEVELOPMENT (pdf)Download
PowerPoint - Chapter 4 - Personal Moral Development (pptx)Download
NEUROSCIENCE: What it Cannot Tell Us About Ourselves by R. Tallis (Also see Walsh notes below) (docx)Download
NEUROSCIENCE article by R. Tallis - Walsh summary notes (pdf)Download
Socrates Critique of Neuroscience - article (pdf)Download
R. Walsh - Husserls Epoche as Method and Truth (pdf)Download
R. Walsh - HUSSERL AND LEVINAS - TRANSFORMATIONS OF EPOCHE (pdf)Download
Edmund Husserl (1859 - 1938): A brief overview touching on some major points of phenomenological philosophy and phenomenological psychology.
THE SEARCH FOR MEANING IN A CRAZY WORLD...
Martin Heidegger - Existential Phenomenology
Jean-Paul Sartre - Existential Phenomenology
Emmanuel Levinas: Self-actualization and Response-ability for the Other